World Galgo Day
Yesterday was World Galgo Day. Every year in Spain, thousands of galgos are born and bred to hunt. The 1st of February marks the end of the hunting season in Spain, the day when many galgos will face a death even more brutal than the wretched lives they have led, simply because they are no longer useful. They endure a life of fear and cruelty and when they are no longer useful, they are savagely killed or dumped in the desert to die of starvation and thirst.
Despite her injuries, gentle Magda loves life now
They are a beautiful breed, slightly smaller than the greyhound. They are so gentle and make the most wonderful pets and don't need a lot of exercise as many people think. Really all they want is a sofa to lie on, a safe loving home and walks of course. There are now many wonderful people saving these dogs, bringing them back to health, physically and mentally and then finding new homes for them all over the world. One I particularly follow is called Galgos del Sol and is run by an amazing English woman called Tina along with her incredible and brilliantly organised team. Galgos del Sol saves hundreds of galgos a year and I hope to adopt one as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted for travel.
These are photos of Magda (Maggie) who was rescued in Spain and lived in Monaco for several years when I had the pleasure of looking after her when her humans went away. That's how I got to know and love a galgo (galga for the females). My dog Ours adored Maggie but unfortunately she has now moved to London and so no more galgos bringing joy to this house. One day soon I hope there will be.
Magda cuddled up to Ours, my dog.
Donations are so necessary to keep these amazing organisations going and also people who will adopt and love and cherish a galgo.